Dear Members of Congress:
As leaders of Catholic colleges and universities, we are dedicated to educating students from all backgrounds. In keeping with this commitment, many of our institutions are home to young men and women who are undocumented and have met the criteria for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We are deeply concerned about the future of our undocumented students. As Catholic institutions, we call on you to protect our students by voting for a Dream Act that does not use young immigrants as a bargaining chip for anti-immigrant policies .
Last November, presidents of Catholic colleges and universities made a pledge in support of all who qualify as DACA students. We remain committed to assisting our students who face legal and financial uncertainties. The DACA policy has enabled our students to continue their studies and pursue careers in their chosen fields, from education to medicine, despite great anxiety and uncertainty.
As Catholics, our shared faith calls us to protect the most vulnerable among us. Over the years, we have opened the doors of our colleges and universities to “Dreamers” and advocated for comprehensive immigration reform so that they and their families can live safe, full lives in our country. In these uncertain times, we will continue to do everything we can to protect our students, and we urge you to join us in this pursuit by passing a legislative solution before DACA expires on March 5th, 2018.